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This Top 18 Year-Old Looking The Part At Newcastle

18 year old Newcastle central midfielder Olivier Kemen has joined the first team squad for the rest of the season, so it seems like the player we signed 19 months ago from Metz just before his 17th birthday, is making really good progress at the club.

Olivier keemen when he signed july 2013-

Olivier Kemen after signing in July, 2013

The 5’9″ tall Kemen played for Newcastle in the game at Morpeth on Tuesday night, which we lost 3-1, and after the game Development manager Peter Beardsley had this to say about the 18 year-old:

“He is a powerful lad and obviously has ability but he has to learn to get the ball back.”

“When he runs with the ball he looks like a proper player but there are two sides to the game and he has to do both sides.”:

“At the moment he trains with the first team a lot and eventually he will get it.”

Kemen was really highly rated when we brought him in and he seems to be progressing nicely on Tyneside and he’s played for France at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels.

Olivier has played regularly for the Newcastle U21 side, and he has made 21 appearances for them with one goal and two assists.

There were reports he could be loaned out last month bit nothing came of that.

However, it may be a good time to send Olivier out on loan next season, maybe for the first half of the season so he can get some first team games.

Newcastle youngsters have to prove themselves by going out on loan, doing well at their loan club and improving their play.

A good example of that was with Mehdi Abeid, whose Newcastle career seemed over when he went on loan to Panathinaikos in the summer of 2013, and he had a great season scoring 10 goals in 38 appearances in Greece.

He’s been injured this season but has made 8 appearances for the Newcastle first team this season and could start at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

With the way Mike Ashley is running Newcastle, one way we can build a good side is by bringing in top youngsters from the continent and develop them into top class players.

Then hopefully they can play for at least a couple of seasons before they are sold to a top club for a huge profit.

Newcastle have not been too successful in dong that over the last seven years.

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17 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    I read this in the Ronny earlier this morning. The Ronny likened him to Tiote as a ball winner, whereas Beardsley says (in the same article) that is his weakness, but he is good running with and on the ball.

    Now, what possible similarities could Lee Ryder have used to make the assumption that Kemen is a similar player to Tiote….

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    The way we are getting injuries at the momemt, it won’t be in midfield he be playing.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    ”and he’s very comfortable on the ball and a very good technical player.”

    That’s why we need proper coaches.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4


    1.56 into this is what Pedro means about winning the ball

  • martoon

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    We don’t seem to hear much about Good but before his injury he was in the Australian squad with talk of the World Cup so surely he can’t be any worse than Wilo!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Any of our Indian bloggers on at the moment? How good is Sandesh Jhingan? Heard quite a bit about of talk about him recently, but never seen him play. Seems very highly rated, with people confident he will make the step up to Europe in the near future.

    If he does make it, that is a marketing opportunity that could bring in huge merchandising revenues. Sad that my mind goes to that nowadays after being brainwashed by the financial side of the game as a Newcastle fan.

  • Mattroge

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Over the last few years the reserves under Beardsley have been knocked out of the Northumberland senior cup by mid-table Northern League teams (Bedlington Terriers & Morpeth) doesn’t exactly bode well for the future does it?

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8


    Strange how I can remember many of those goals like it was yesterday. What a player. Will we ever see anyone with that level of ability playing form the toon. Particularly loved the bit where ..I think it might have been Mark Hottiger? is chasing Beardo up the touchline trying to celebrate with him. Beardsley is running sideways and he can’t catch him. I would give me left knacker to see another like him here. I am aware that doesn’t seem like an appropriately generous or attractive offer, but what can you do?

  • one fine day

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Mar toon,
    Good is still highly thought of here in aus and is marked as having a big future with the socceroos.
    Just hope he can stay injury free and push for a place next season.
    He had a cracking year at Melbourne heart ( city’s feeder club ) the year before he signed for us.
    Just hope they do the right thing and don’t rush him back for a season that is over bar the r word .
    I’d rather see him fit and give him a full pre season so he has the best chance of making it as a lot of people rate the kid

  • one fine day

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    Reading your post does make me think and I’m pretty shocked we don’t have a Chinese player in our squad on Ashley’s request 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    You missed off the bit about being relegated to the second tier last season.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Yeah, one from China and India. Huge potential for revenues and shirt sales in markets that are still largely open and with SD having partnered in China last year surely Ashley is missing a trick!

  • hibbit

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    beardsley was one of the best players to wear a black and white shirt but he is not a good coach or leader and can not get his message across great player poor coach

  • one fine day

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Best memory of pb was in his first stint at home to Brighton he nicked the ball of the defender edge of the d and spun and curled on into the top corner .was in line and watched it leave his foot and just knew it was going in.
    Under the scoreboard went mental.
    I was still limping to school for the rest of the week .
    Really think we didn’t always realise what a player we had sometimes he was like our messi.
    You’d love to think he can show cabella his little step over that actually beats a defender

  • one fine day

    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    Read somewhere the record worldwide tvaudience a few years back was not bar a or inter but a game between man city (Pre Arab ) and Everton.
    Basic reason that both teams had a Chinese player in there side.
    Not sure if the record stands still but it was something like two and half billion worlwide

  • toonincheek

    Feb 19, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    All very well bigging up Kemen but the truth is
    that were it not for losing so many players, he
    would be about 6th choice.

    As for Abeid, AP was seeing him week in week out
    from pre-season, yet didn’t give him a chance. It’s
    still very very hard to make your mark.

    If you get half a chance (like Aarons against ManC
    when we played a weak team) you really have to
    make a big impression, not just show that you can
    hold your own.

  • Sav

    Feb 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Glad to see he’s finally getting there. Always looked a talent but was beginning to look as if he’d fallen by the wayside. Hope he grabs this with 2 hands.


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